Monday, 28 February 2011

Banana Ginger Cake Recipe

Now this recipe is really yummy.

6 oz sugar, (3 oz demerera, 3 oz caster)
2 oz butter, softened
3 medium bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
7 oz flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1 oz finely chopped glace ginger
2 tbps semi skimmed milk

6 oz icing suger
2 oz butter
½ tsp ginger powder (or to taste)
Sprinkling of nutmeg

  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C/350° F (Gas Mark 4)
  2. Grease an 8" square cake tin
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, mix sugar and butter together. until blended.  Add mashed banana, vanilla and egg.  Mix well.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, glace ginger, to mixture.  Mix well, and add milk as needed.
  5. Transfer to the cake tin.
  6. Bake for around 25-35 minutes at 180° C, until a skewer into the centre comes out clean.  Leave to cool, then turn out onto a cooling rack.
  7. In a small bowl cream the butter, then mix in the icing sugar and ginger.  
  8. Cover the cake with the topping, leaving it rough or peaked.  Sprinkle with the nutmeg powder.  Cut into around 9 squares before serving.
Whenever I make this cake, it is well received.  I have to say, I just love ginger, so this is one of my favourites too.

My Beautiful Christmas Present

Christmas came and went this year, the Christmas Cards were left unmade, but hey, it is only a day, a holiday, not real life.  The household was thrown into disarray by the arrival of my Christmas present.  The arrival of the delightful Bella!  She arrived a week before Christmas less than 2lbs of Chorkie.  We set out in thick snow to collect her in time for her to settle in for Christmas.  As DH put it, you get a lot more steak for your money!

The delightful, dainty, diddy Lady Isabella Boo is a Chorkie, a Yorkshire Terrier and Chihauhau cross.  My last baby, the little girl of our family.  She is my little princess....

She has a page on facebook, so feel free to follow her there.   Lady Isabella Boo on Facebook....

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Saturday 26th February 80 years commemoration outside Streatham rink 6.30pm

This Saturday evening at 6.30pm we will be holding a gathering outside Streatham Ice Rink to give the old lady the last rights in her 80th year rather than celebrate her birthday we will be highlighting the ghastly fact that she will be demolished in September.  Join us to commiserate together this untimely loss, we fear she will not return to Streatham.
Contrary to Lambeth's and Tesco's assertions that she is about to fall to pieces, we know she could last another 20 years, however these bullies have presented false information about Streatham Ice Arena and the temporary rink in Brixton to justify it is equivalent, we all know it isn't but they have mugged us and this grand old historic Ice Rink will soon be gone forever.
What is worse Tesco's have played the long game, th

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Dorset Apple Cake Recipe

  • 225g cooking apples
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 115g butter
  • 165g soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C/350° F (Gas Mark 4)
  2. Grease an 8" ring cake tin
  3. Peel, core and chop the apples into small pieces, and toss in the lemon juice.  This will keep the apples fresh and stop them discolouring.
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder and using an electric whisk break up the butter, until like breadcrumbs.  Alternatively rub in with your fingers.
  5. Stir in just 115g of the sugar, saving the remainder for the topping.  Mix the apple and the beaten egg, and the milk, a little at a time.  Mix this to a dough.
  6. Transfer to the cake tin.
  7. Mix the remaining sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle this evenly over the top of the cake.
  8. Bake for around 45-50 minutes, until a skewer proves the mixture is set.  Leave to stand for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack.

I have made this cake in a normal round tin too, but it does require slightly longer cooking time.  I also sometimes sprinkle a little caster sugar over the top after cooling, just because it looks pretty.

The cake is beautifully moist, which my husband is most fond of.  He prefers this to the sponges that I sometimes make.

More Home Cooking and why.....

Over the last couple of years, since I have been more home based, I have put a lot more effort into cleaning up our family diet.  It has been a slow process in many ways, but out have gone the processed foods, containing dodgy chemicals and additives, and in have come organic produce and more raw foods.  The process is by no means complete, but much progress has been made.  

For example the Microwave has been discarded, initially, delegated to sterilysing dishclothes, but now removed completely. There are many articles on the internet casting doubt on the nutritional value of food after microwaving, so erring on the side of caution, this has gone!

High Fructose Corn Syrup, (HFCS) appears highly suspect.  There is of course much data available disproving the dangers, but I have now read enough to be sure that it is not something I want in our diet. Most factory produced cakes, biscuits and squashes contain HFCS, so I am buying less and home baking more.  Actually, the time usually runs out before I get round to baking so even better for us, eating less sugary foods altogether!

The Aspartame in most diet products means for me, dieting is back to eating sensibly rather than taking the easy 'low calorie' route. It seems clear that whenever a manufacturer removes sugar or fats to make a product 'low calorie' the chemicals that are added in their place are more harmful than the 'fattening' item that has been removed!  If it says 'Diet' on the packet, it gets left on the shop shelf!

I could go on...  I would love to be able to claim that we are all living a healthy vegan or raw diet, but that is not the case, but where I see enough credible evidence, I seek to remove the items from our diet. 

For me over the counter pharmaceutical drugs are out now too.  A glass of water, usually clears a headache.  Alcohol is for special occasions, and even then in small quantities if at all, rather than an everyday item.

Is it worth the effort?  It is for me. I have got rid of joint pain, brain fog, and many other horrid symptoms..... a few more to sort out still, but I am 100% that this is the way..... and now on with adding some recipes, even naughty ones... at least if I am making it I know what has gone into it.

I read somewhere, and cannot remember the exact quote, but if you read the ingredients on shop bought food, "If you cannot pronounce it, don't eat it!"  Sounds right to me!